Preschool Teacher

The Ashland Y is looking for a Preschool Teacher who is enthusiastic, creative, reliable. Inclusive, welcoming, and supportive environment.
Job Description

We offer two program options for 3, 4, and 5 year old kids: Half Day from 7:30a-12p, and Full Day from 7:30a-6p. Children must be 3 and potty trained.

Preschool is open from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday - Friday. The Ashland Family YMCA Preschool follows the school year and we are currently working on year-round options. 

Hourly rate is $20.00-$24.00, depending on education, experience and certifications. (5% bilingual pay differential) 

Generous benefit package, including 8% retirement contribution once vested.  Come join an exciting, fun, and supportive team in our Preschool for Youth Development today! 


This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Provides direction for the children in the classroom, and implements program curriculum. Provides a quality experience to children and parents that focuses on building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.

Providing direct supervision of assigned group of children in a preschool classroom setting. Create positive, nurturing relationships with children, while building cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers. Promotes and supports the potential of all youth in programs and facilitates peer-to-peer connections. 


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day.


The Ashland Family YMCA exists to fulfill human potential and to enrich the quality of life of those we serve through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. 

Our Vision

We envision a community where all people are strong in mind, body, and spirit. 

Our Values are:

  •  Caring
  •  Honesty
  •  Respect
  •  Responsibility

Our Commitment to Equity 

The Ashland Family YMCA is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and safe space for all. We are dedicated to building bridges, increasing our knowledge, understanding, and bringing people together to advance equity and create positive change at our YMCA. All are welcome here.

  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • High School Diploma or Equivalent
  • Minimum one-year experience working with preschool age children in a licensed program, or an educational background in Early Childhood Education
  • Must successfully pass a security clearance and be enrolled in the Office of Child Care’s Central Background Registry.
  • CPR/AED, and First Aid Certification, must include Adult and Child/Infant, Food Handlers Card, obtained within 30 days of hire or before the program starts, whichever comes first.
  • Previous experience with diverse populations is preferred; the ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from all backgrounds.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Creative, fun, energetic, hardworking, sensitive, mature, able to supervise and relate well to children, parents and staff.
  • Ability and willingness to fulfill responsibilities in accordance with program goals.

Essential Functions
  • Provide direct care to children in the Preschool program monitor children at all times and respond appropriately to crisis or emergency situations that may occur.
  • Assist Head Teacher in implementing curriculum, as well as taking developmental observations.
  • Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization and choice-making; ask open-ended questions and follow-up questions to promote further learning and thinking.
  • Work with the Preschool Director and Head Teacher to ensure all YMCA policies & procedures, state licensing, health department, fire safety and emergency preparedness requirements are adhered to at all times.
  • Required to properly complete all records, including but not limited to attendance sheets, incident reports, injury reports, child files, and medication administration forms.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the YMCA childcare policies; ensures the program meets the highest standards of excellence. Follow procedures including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergency drills and procedures.
  • Ability to lead and participate in a range of activities in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings.
  • Promotes a positive approach to supervision, communication, and interactions with others; maintains ongoing communication with supervisor. Actively engages with youth and activities during the program.
  • Attend and actively participate in all staff meetings and trainings as required.
  • Keep training hours up to date - Participate in a minimum of 16 hours of annual child care education/training per calendar year
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Maintain punctual, regular, and predictable attendance.
  • Must be responsible and pay attention to detail.
  • Able to work alone as well as collaboratively in a team environment with a spirit of cooperation.
  • Maintain a positive image at all points of contact with members of the public.
  • Maintain professional attitude/manner and respectfully take direction from Supervisor.


  • Ability to walk, run, stand, and sit for long periods of time.
  • May be required to lift and/or carry items up to 50 lbs.  
Required Certifications
  • CPR/AED, and First Aid Certification
  • Enrolled in the Office of Child Care’s Central Background Registry (CBR)
  • Online Child Abuse Prevention Training